January 29, 2016

Check Mike's Letter weekly for our reviews of the movies that are now playing and coming soon to the State and Bijou. It's also your best resource for details on special events and promotions at the theaters, and the hottest news about everything going on in the Traverse City Film Festival universe.

March 9, 2018


Ahh, Spring Break, that time-honored U.S. phenomenon and academic tradition that started during the 1930s as a special vacational period in early spring at universities and schools. For many it's a chance to get away, escape to warmer climates, and get a little R&R. But here at the State, we know better. 

February 28, 2018

We’ve got our own real life Oscar® on display in the lobby, so you know what that means! The Oscars® hit our big screen this Sunday, March 4, 2018!

February 15, 2018

We couldn’t be more excited to open the latest edition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, this week at the Bijou by the Bay!

January 4, 2018

Steven Spielberg returns to the State on January 11 with The Post, a true story and pivotal chapter in recent American history, the story of the Pentagon Papers and the fight to make them public.

December 5, 2017

From the candy canes to the carolers, here at the State Theatre we go all out for our holiday movies (I mean, have you seen our jam packed schedule?). And for our staff members, let's just say the holiday movie traditions don't stop at the theater. Ranging from tried and true classics to things a little more obscure (and a little less Christmas-y), here are some of our staff's favorite films to watch to make the yuletide gay. 

Yoda Loves Presents
November 28, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year, our 2017 holiday film schedule is here! We hope you'll join us for all of the merry movies. Browse the schedule below, purchase your tickets, and download a PDF of the schedule.

November 15, 2017

Are you a book lover as much as a movie lover? Do you enjoy comparing and contrasting books to their film adaptations? Do you and your book club make plans to come see all the movie versions of books you've read? Do you want to have a thoughtful discussion about a movie you've just seen? Well then Reel Reads is the ticket for you!

November 6, 2017

The Sistine Chapel. War and Peace. Beethoven's 9th. These are some of the most reknowned works of art in the history of human creation, widely regarded as the best of what civilization has to offer.

October 16, 2017

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Hopefully you followed directions there, 'cause it is time once again for the State Theatre's illustrious Halloween Schedule! It’s several weeks of spooky celebrations leading up to a special Halloween day event! Let’s get started.

We kick things off this Friday, October 20 at 11:00 pm with an Friday Night Flicks screening of the 1996 teen horror classic “Scream,” complete with a Ghostface photo booth and period-correct cordless telephone. Tickets are only $3 each or 2 for $5!

October 2, 2017

The Traverse City Film Festival is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $70,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the State Theatre's urgently needed new boiler. We are required to match these funds with other public and private dollars -- so your support is appreciated more than ever as we continue to raise funds to purchase and install the energy-effiencent system needed for us to remain open. Learn more about the boiler project here